IRS Warns of New Scam: Fake Emails with Attached Tax Transcripts

November 2018 | Article

By Mike Mondelli

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued a warning to the public about a new scam. There has been an increase in fraudulent emails impersonating the IRS using attached tax transcripts as bait to entice users to open documents containing malware. Do not open these emails or documents, as you risk downloading malware on your computer. This malware is problematic for businesses, as the malware can spread throughout the network and take months to successfully remove. These emails appear to be from the IRS or IRS Online. Please know, this is not the IRS emailing you directly; it is a scammer trying to steal sensitive information from you.

The IRS does not send unsolicited emails to the public, nor would it send sensitive information via email. IRS employees are actually prohibited from sending taxpayer information such as a tax transcript via email. If you receive a phishing email, such as one involving an attached tax transcript, forward the email to

As we approach tax time, there will be numerous scams through which thieves try to steal your identity, your money and sensitive information from your computer. It is important to protect your information and only open emails and attachments from reputable sources. 

If you have questions about IRS impersonation scams involving emails or phone calls, contact your Eide Bailly professional or a member of the Eide Bailly IRS Controversy Team.

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